Well here we are at the end of another month of driving the NCIS
van. I hope you've enjoyed what has hopefully proven to be a greater variety of pairings and genres than I usually rec. I've thoroughly enjoyed myself (even if I did end up shocking my flist with my ante-penultimate rec - I'm not sure they've fully recovered yet) and who knows, I just might sign up to do it for a fourth time.
For my last rec of the month I return to my roots in two ways: one, it's back to my beloved OTP and two, it's a story written by one of the very first Gibbs/Ducky writers.Fandom:
Leroy Jethro Gibbs/Donald 'Ducky' Mallard Length:
2,102Author on LJ: k1monoAuthor Website:
None of which I am awareWhy this must be read:
Ren hasn't written Gibbs/Ducky for some time, and we all miss her lovely stories. This is one of her earlier stories and it is a lovely one. In one way it is very simple, in other ways very complex.
It is set immediately after The Meat Puzzle
and is told in several parts by each of the 'children' involved at the time interspersed by Gibbs's thoughts. The thoughts are all about what happened and how close Gibbs came to losing Ducky.
Gibbs's parts are full of anguish and he doesn't hold back his true feelings for Ducky and the children's parts touch on the relationship and how they might see it as more than just good friends - indeed one of them does know it is more than it appears to be.
Ren hits the voices of the various characters perfectly; it is as though we are listening to them say the words, and she also captures the feelings or love, affection, respect and deep friendship the children have for Ducky and for Gibbs and most of all the sheer love and need and affection of Gibbs's feelings for Ducky. The intensity is there throughout the story and the movement from one character to the next's part does not jar in the slightest. ( Collapse )
Picking Up The Pieces